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Six arrested in weekend security operation

Nairobi, July 17, 2017…….Six people were arrested as Kenya Power intensified security operations to weed out vandalism, illegal connections and other crimes undermining electricity distribution.

 

The arrests come barely a week after eight other suspects were nabbed in a similar operation by the Company and arraigned in various courts across the country.

 

Among the six suspects is the proprietor of Kimangu High School in Nakuru County, Alice Mwangi Wakonyo, who was arrested after the school was found to be using unmetered power.

 

The school had a debt of Sh32,000. She was booked in at Rongai Police Station and is set to appear before Molo Court today.

 

Elsewhere, Philip Kipngetich Kirui was arrested at Olenguruoine in Nakuru County while illegally re-routing a stay wire and a pole. Four strat poles which had been used to construct the illegal lines were recovered. He was booked in at Olenguruoine Police Station and will also be arraigned before Molo Court today.

 

In Kakamega, two suspects Ronald Atuta Ombonya alias Ronny and Constantine Livasia Mbehi were arrested at Shinyalu area while constructing an illegal line. A motor cycle, KLPC overall and a bag containing assorted KPLC documents were recovered from the suspects. They will appear before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kakamega today.

 

Other suspects; Michael Mbuthia Mugo and Brian Atati Ebeywa were nabbed in Othaya and Limuru respectively. Michael was found in possession of conductor wires, climbing iron and safety belt.

 

Brian was arrested for vandalising air-break isolator switches and was found in possession of several copper contact plates that he had obtained from the vandalized switches. Seven switches are confirmed to have been vandalized.

 

The operation also led to recovery of two service line cables and five prepaid meters in Utawala, Nairobi County.

 

Illegal connections undermine the quality of power supply as they overload the network leading to unnecessary outages.

 

In addition, they pose the risk of death to beneficiaries as these lines are not planned and designed following the set standards.

 

In addition to the immediate loss of supply to customers, illegal power connections and vandalism negatively impact on the Company’s revenue as they result in loss of electricity and also lead to additional costs for replacing damaged equipment.

 

Kenya Power will continue carrying out close surveillance on the network across the country to curb vandalism and other vices that negatively impact on the power distribution system.

 

The Company is working with the Police, local administration and locals to carry out this exercise. Those found culpable will be arrested and charged in court.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 0711 031 975

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

Eight arrested in weekend security operation

Nairobi, July 10, 2017…….Eight people were arrested over the weekend following enhanced operations launched by Kenya Power security team to stamp out illegal lines and theft of power distribution equipment.

Five suspects namely Joseph Ndirangu Kangethe, Josphat Ndungu Ngugi, Geoffrey Kangethe Njoroge, Daniel Kimani Mureu and Joseph Mwangi Njoroge were arrested at Githioro area of Muranga County on Saturday while attempting to steal a Kenya Power pole.

They were booked at Kirwara Police Station and are set to appear before Kandara Law Courts today.

Yesterday, Kenya Power security personnel in South Nyanza nabbed Daniel Mogere, Haron Masenge and Nelson Okechi for the offence of vandalism of electrical apparatus at Nyansore area.

The suspects were booked at Nyamarembe Police Station and are expected to take a plea today. During the operation, aluminum conductors, climbing iron, pliers and tester were recovered.

In a similar operation carried out on illegal lines at Ikoba area of Kisii County, three poles, five cables and ten meters were recovered.

Elsewhere, following the heightened crackdown on theft of electrical equipment, 1,300 meters of aluminum conductors, four cables and 2 prepaid meters were recovered at Salama and Nunguni areas in Makueni County on Saturday.

Similarly, an operation on illegal lines in Magumu, Nyandarua County recovered 8 spans of conductors, six drop cables and 11 prepaid meters.

Kenya Power will continue carrying out close surveillance on the network across the country to curb vandalism and other vices that negatively impact on the power distribution system.

The Company is working with the Police, local administration and locals to carry out this exercise. Those found culpable will be arrested and charged in court.

Apart from the immediate loss of supply to customers, vandalism negatively affects the Company’s revenue and leads to an unnecessary capital cost for replacing the destroyed equipment.

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 0711 031 975

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

Kenya Power to reduce customer connection timeline to ease investment

Nairobi, June 19, 2017…..Kenya Power is targeting to bring down the timeline for connecting new commercial customers to less than two months.

 

Acting Managing Director & CEO Dr. Ken Tarus said that the Company is focused on streamlining the customer connection process and is carrying out continuous follow-up of all premium applications through regional marketing officers tasked with enhancing investor relations.

 

“We have managed to reduce connection timeline from 97 to 63 days. We are working to further bring this down to 50 days. We are focused on enhancing our infrastructure through investment in new substations and additional distribution lines to enable us connect more customers to the national grid,” said Dr. Tarus.

 

He was speaking in Nairobi this morning during a meeting to update on reforms that have been undertaken to improve Kenya’s business environment in the last three years.

 

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 advocates for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. In addition, Vision 2030 identified electricity as a key enable of economic development.

 

Kenya Power targets to achieve 70 per cent access to electricity by the end of the current financial year and universal access by the year 2020.

 

To achieve this mark, the Company is undertaking various projects including implementing the Government-led Last Mile Connectivity Project that is targeting to connect households to the grid at Sh15,000.

 

To improve the quality of electricity supply, the Company is continuously undertaking maintenance programs to replace broken poles, reconductoring and refurbishment of existing substations to enhance their capacity.

 

Since 2013, 72 new substations have been constructed and upgraded under the Kenya Electricity Expansion Project (KEEP) at a cost of $102 million from the World Bank.

 

 

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 0711 031 795

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

Kenya Power to prioritise education in Corporate Social Investment (CSI)

Nairobi, June 16, 2017…..Kenya Power will spend 60 per cent of its CSI budget in promoting education programs across the country.

“Kenya Power is committed to improve education standards across the country by investing in educational infrastructure especially for the disadvantaged communities to ensure improved performance,” said Ag. Managing Director & CEO Dr. Ken Tarus.

He said this today while unveiling two education projects worth Sh8.94 million funded under the 2015/16 CSI budget. The two projects are Mvwana Primary School in Mwala and Katulu Primary School in Tala.

In Mvwana, the Company constructed two classrooms, re-roofed the existing school block, constructed classroom floors, installed windows, doors and water tanks, constructed kitchen and eating shade and carried out electrical wiring of all classes at a cost of Sh5.54 million.

In Katulu Primary School, the Company constructed four classrooms at a cost of Sh3.4 million.

The construction of additional classrooms has seen the school’s enrolment rise from 180 to 248 pupils.

In addition to CSI projects to support primary and secondary learning institutions, the Company will also take up sponsorship of needy female students taking up engineering courses in technical institutions and public universities.

Traditionally, Kenya Power has set aside 1 per cent of its net profit to support its CSI initiatives every financial year.

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 0711 031 795

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

Speech - Underground Cabling project - 13.06.2017

SPEECH NOTES BY THE AG. MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO, DR. KEN TARUS, DURING A MEDIA BRIEFING TOUR OF THE UNDERGROUND CABLING PROJECT TO UPGRADE & REINFORCE NAIROBI CITY CENTRE NETWORK – TUES.13/06/17

  • Allen Zhang, Kenya Manager of TBEA Co. Limited
  • Shang Yafei, Chief Engineer, TBEA
  • Vitalis Osewe, Voacom (K) Limited
  • Friends from the media
  • Colleagues present
  • Ladies and gentlemen…


The Company’s Five-Year Corporate strategy is focussed on the following key thematic areas:

  • Infrastructure development to support customer demand & growth
  • Effective network management to improve quality of power supply
  • Customer centricity for improved customer satisfaction
  • Reduction of system losses (technical and commercial losses)

KPLC is implementing various infrastructural projects to support growth in customer base & subsequent demand for energy as well as minimise supply interruptions.


In this regard, we are implementing Shs.13.2 Billion Underground Cabling project for Nairobi. This will help strengthen the quality of power supply to the City while reducing the costs and challenges associated with overhead cables.

Initially focused on Nairobi, the underground cabling project will involve construction of a new substation and associated lines to increase the length of the existing network and offer alternative supply points to minimise interruptions to our City customers.

Our customers have grown tremendously over the years to the current 6.1 million. The country’s rate of access to electricity has increased from 27 per cent in 2013 to the current 68 per cent. This underscores the need for commitment to assuring reliability in power supply while reducing losses.

Thank you for listening to me.

DR. KEN TARUS

Ag. MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO

KENYA POWER

Four arrested in a security operation in Eldoret

Nairobi, May 29, 2017…….Four people were arrested in Eldoret over the weekend as Kenya Power enhanced crackdown on illegal lines and theft of power distribution equipment.

 

The suspects; Daniel Ngumo Njoroge, Peter Muhia Ngure, Moses Wainaina Mburu and Njeria Nyaboke Okemwa are linked to a series of transformer vandalism activities in Uasin Gishu County. They were booked at Naiberi Police Station and are set to appear in court today to face charges of vandalism.

 

Uasin Gishu County has lately faced increased cases of transformer vandalism that have undermined the quality of electricity supply to customers in this region.

 

Apart from the immediate loss of supply to customers, vandalism negatively affects the Company’s revenue and leads to an unnecessary capital cost for replacing the destroyed equipment.

 

Kenya Power is currently working with the Police, local administration and residents of Uasin Gishu and other affected areas to curb vandalism.

 

The Company will continue carrying out surveillance on the network and all those found culpable will be arrested and charged in court.

 

Tampering with electricity distribution equipment is a crime punishable under the law. Members of the public are urged to report any suspicious activity within their neighborhoods to the nearest Kenya Power offices or other authorities. 

 

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 0711 031 975

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

 

KPLC staff, five others arrested in crackdown on illegal lines

Nairobi, May 8, 2017…….Six people, among them a Kenya Power employee, were arrested in various parts of the country over the weekend as the Company enhanced crackdown on illegal lines and theft of power distribution equipment.

Michael Mbugua, a staff based at the Dagoretti-Karen Depot was arrested in connection with theft of street lights on Friday. He will appear in court today and will be charged jointly with another staff who already appeared in court for a similar offence.

The other five suspects; Dan Muchiri, Pietrino Obonyo Orina, Derick Kisiomi, Paul Otieno Ogocho and James Victor Otieno were arrested in Athi River, Sabaki and Migori for constructing illegal lines in these areas.

Poles, conductors and a pair of climbing iron were recovered during the various operations in which the suspects were nabbed.

Elsewhere in Machakos County, eight prepaid meters, 1,400 metres of aluminium conductors, 7 service cables and six strut poles were recovered during an operation conducted on illegal lines at Ngelani and Kisekini villages.

The arrests come less than two weeks after a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) was arrested and charged at a Thika Court for conning unsuspecting members of the public using fake electricity tokens.

Prior to his arrest, Simon Gitau Kimani, a first year student at the university’s main campus, had been running advertisements on social media purporting to be selling ‘fairly’ priced KPLC tokens.

Constructing illegal lines and stealing electricity distribution equipment undermines the quality of power supply to customers in addition to posing the risk of electrocution to those involved and others. These offences are punishable under the law.

Members of the public are advised not to enter into any transaction regarding electricity connection with unauthorized persons and report any suspicious activities to Kenya Power offices or Police.

The Company will continue carrying out surveillance on the distribution network and all those found culpable will be arrested and charged in court.

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 0711 031 975

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

 

Kenya Power confirms 5.9 Million customers connected to the grid

Nairobi, March 20, 2017…..Kenya Power has confirmed that 5.9 million customers have been connected to the grid to date through ongoing government-led national electrification programmes.

Of these customers, 3.5 million customers are on prepaid meters, as the Company shifts to advanced technology that makes it easy for customers to purchase electricity.

“The number of households currently connected to the national grid stands at 63 per cent of the national coverage. The target is to connect 70 per cent by the end of this year and universal access by the year 2020,” said Kenya Power’s Ag. Managing Director & CEO Dr Ken Tarus.

He was speaking at a press conference held at Stima Plaza today where the Company sought to shed light on an erroneous media report which claimed that about one million customers were non-existent, based on the fact that they had not purchased tokens since the meters were installed and activated.

Dr Tarus added that all prepaid meters come with preloaded units, which account for the long time taken by customers before they commence vending, especially in low income households which are low consumers of electricity.

“Most of the customers who are beneficiaries of the World Bank’s GPOBA (Global Partnership of Output Based Aid), and the Last Mile Connectivity programmes are largely from informal settlements whose monthly consumption is 2 units on average. As a result, most of them take long to exhaust the initial pre-loaded units,” said Dr Tarus.

The number of customers connected to the national grid has been growing steadily over the last five years.

By June 30, 2012, only 2 million customers had been connected to the national grid, accounting for just 16 per cent of the country’s population with access to electricity. This figure had increased to 4.9 million customers by the end of the last financial year.

 

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/30 or/47

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

Energy Journalism Excellence Award launched in Nairobi

Nairobi, March 9, 2017…The Principal Secretary, State Department of Energy, Dr. Eng. Joseph K. Njoroge has today officially launched the third edition of the Energy Journalism Excellence Awards (EJEA).

This has opened the competition to Kenyan based journalists who are directly employed and those practicing as freelancers.

The EJEA award is organized by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and all the utilities within the energy sector. It is aimed at promoting factual, objective and comprehensive coverage of energy matters in the country and ensuring that Kenyans are adequately informed about the sector.

“The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is pleased to reward Journalists who excel in reporting objectively and demonstrate better understanding of various aspects in the energy sector. Through their reports, we manage to reach out to the public with information that makes people understand and support the development activities undertaken by the sector institutions, Dr. Njoroge said.

This edition of EJEA award is preceded by two other competitions where winners were awarded certificates, trophies and study tours to international destinations, with best practices in geothermal and nuclear energy development, to boost their knowledge of the sector.

Kenya Power acting Managing Director & CEO, Dr. Ken Tarus said that the Company continues to support the award with the aim to further the conversation about energy within the sector, the government and the people. He underscored the critical role played by the media in this process.

In preparation for the launch and upcoming award ceremony, 7 regional workshops that engaged over 300 journalists and editors have been held to sensitise and encourage journalists to participate in the competition.

The workshops provided a general understanding on Kenya’s energy sector and the role of the key utilities in electricity and petroleum in addition to the policy and regulatory framework within the industry.

Journalists have until 7th April 2017 to submit entries which will be judged and winners announced thereafter.

ENDS…

For more information, contact:

Corporate Communications Department

The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited

Tel. 3201622/39 or/43

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

Fallen tree damages power line in Westlands

11th January, 2017

 

Fallen tree damages power line in Westlands

 

A tree this afternoon fell on a power line in the Westlands area of Nairobi affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

 

General Manager for Network Management, Eng. Daniel Tare said technical teams are working to restore supply as quickly as possible.

 

Trees account for 60 per cent of power supply quality challenges facing Kenya Power. Last year, the company launched a project involving cutting of trees and vegetation along power lines to eliminate interference with the flow of energy. The project is still on.

 

ENDS…………………….

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/39or/47                                          

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

Fallen tree that damaged power line in Westlands affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

Fallen tree that damaged power line in Westlands affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

Fallen tree damages power line in Westlands

 

A tree this afternoon fell on a power line in the Westlands area of Nairobi affecting power supply on Rhapta road, Riverside Drive and parts of Kileleshwa area.

 

General Manager for Network Management, Eng. Daniel Tare said technical teams are working to restore supply as quickly as possible.

 

Trees account for 60 per cent of power supply quality challenges facing Kenya Power. Last year, the company launched a project involving cutting of trees and vegetation along power lines to eliminate interference with the flow of energy. The project is still on.

 

ENDS…………………….

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/39or/47                                          

E-mail communications@kenyapower.co.ke

APPOINTMENT OF DR. KEN TARUS AS THE AG. MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO

January 04th, 2017, Nairobi:

The Kenya Power Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ken Tarus as the Acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company with effect from today (4th January 2017).

This follows the exit of the current MD & CEO, Dr. Ben Chumo, at the end of his contract period on Friday this week (6th January 2017). Dr. Chumo has been the head of the Company since January 2014 in a period characterised by exponential growth in customer connections and implementation of network improvement projects among other major corporate milestones.

Dr. Tarus, 46, brings with him over 20 years’ corporate leadership and management experience, five of which are in the energy sector. Prior to his appointment, he was the Company’s General Manager in charge of Finance and a member of the executive management team for a period of two years.

Previously, Dr Tarus worked at the Rural Electrification Authority as head of Finance between 2012 and 2014 prior to which he was the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Finance, Planning and Administration at KCA University. He has held various leadership roles in the local banking sector as Head of Finance, IT and Administration at Bank of Africa, Financial Controller at Standard Chartered Bank and diverse positions at Kenya Commercial Bank.     

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Business Administration (Finance) from Kabarak University, an MBA from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the same institution. Dr. Tarus is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Kenya Institute of Management.

Kenya Power Chairman, Hon. Kenneth Marende, said the Board of Directors is confident that business operations of the Company will continue to run smoothly under the interim leadership of Dr. Tarus pending a competitive sourcing for a substantive Managing Director.

“With full responsibility for the leadership and development of the Kenya Power’s electricity distribution business, Dr. Tarus will play a key role in entrenching the Company as a leader in electricity subsector by aggressively pursuing its business growth and diversification strategy,” Hon. Marende said.

For more information, please contact:


Kevin Sang
Ag. Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: (254) 20 3201639/22/1752
Mobile : +254 722 114597
E-mail : ksang@kplc.co.ke
Stima Plaza, Parklands, Nairobi
P O Box 45955 - 00100 Nairobi
http://www.kplc.co.ke